Indian soldiers stand guard outside a market in Kashmir’s Srinagar city [Mukhtar Khan/AP]
India suspended cross-border trade with Pakistan-administered Kashmir because it was being used to funnel weapons and drugs in a further crackdown in the volatile territory.
Trade across the Line of Control (LoC) – or the heavily militarised de facto border that divides the two parts of Kashmir between India and Pakistan – has served as a confidence-building measure and to help the local population.
But tensions between India and Pakistan have been running high ever since a Pakistan-based group claimed responsibility for bombing a security convoy in Kashmir, an attack that killed more than 40 Indian troops.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the middle of a tightening election race, ordered